The 10-week schedule of sports, tournaments, and academies at Dubai Sports World 2015 (DSW), the Middle East’s largest indoor sporting venue, drew to a close this week and in true sporting fashion, set new records. This year’s attendance was up 13% on 2014, with 198,625 people passing through the Dubai World Trade Centre gates.
Events, tournaments and appearances by star athletes including NBA stars Peja Stojakovic and Ricky Rubio, ex-professional cricketer Salil Ankola, professional footballer Madjid Bougherra, and local badminton star Mona Al Sahlawi, helped raise the bar in 2015 and made the fifth edition of DSW its most popular to date.
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“It is encouraging to see a positive change in our society,” said the Trade Centre’s senior vice president of events, Ahmed Alkhaja.
“The increasing awareness of the importance of sports and healthy living is reflected in the significant rise in attendance at Dubai Sports World this year.
“Every year we set ourselves the challenge of adding more excitement and variety to DSW so that we can help more and more people stay active over the summer and we’re delighted to see those efforts pay off again this year.”
The facility’s multi-purpose arena covered more than 22,000m² of air-conditioned, indoor space and featured four five-a-side and seven-a-side pitches for football and rugby, four basketball courts, two tennis courts, six badminton courts, a cricket nets and a regulation-sized volleyball court.
Alongside the multiple sports facilities, DSW also housed a skate-boarding and BMX Park, a state-of-the-art gym and an adventure park for little explorers.
The activities at DSW were complemented with world-class academies operated by IFA Sports, G-Force Cricket, RAGE Skate Park, Tennis 360, KAFO Academy, and Against GraviTi.
These academies enabled sports enthusiasts from all age groups to improve their game under the supervision of trained coaches and seasoned professionals.
DSW also hosted NBA stars Peja Stojakovic and Ricky Rubio who offered exclusive six-day training academy alongside certified FIBA coaches from 22-28 August to aspiring basketball players.
Paul Breitner is regarded as one of Germany's greatest footballers, earning 48 caps for Die Mannschaft between 1971-82.
Breitner scored in the 1974 World Cup final as West Germany came from behind to beat the Netherlands 2-1 at Munich’s Olympiastadion.
Breitner, 54 today, also scored in the 1982 final, a consolation as they lost 3-1 to Italy, but his feat means he is one of only four players to score in multiple finals, alongside Pele, Vavá and Zinédine Zidane. He also won won the European Championships with West Germany in 1972.
Breitner, a goal-scoring left-back, enjoyed a stunning club career with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
He scored more than 100 goals in almost 400 career games, winning Munich’s first ever European Cup in 1974 and won five Bundesliga titles, two German Cups, as well as two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys.
1975: Randy Choate, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who won MLB’s World Series with the New York Yankees in 2000 (40).
1978: Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby player. Lock played 67 times for the All Blacks and domestically for Crusaders (37).
1988: Nuri Sahin, Borussia Dortmund midfielder who has also played for Real Madrid. Has won 47 caps for Turkey (27).
1989: Ben Youngs, Leicester Tigers scrum-half who has 48 caps and nine tries for England since 2010 debut (26).
The greatest wide receiver the NFL has ever seen saved his career defining feat for the glitz and glamour of Monday Night Football 21 years ago today, catching a Steve Young pass late in the fourth quarter for his third score of the night in a blowout 44-14 win against the LA Raiders at Candlestick park.
The TD grab saw Rice surpass the legendary Jim Brown’s touchdown mark of 126, which had stood for nearly 30 years.
Rice caught a 69-yard pass in the first and then rushed 23 yards early in the fourth to draw level with Brown.
Rice and Young combined again with time ticking down to break the record. Rice went on to set the record at 208 TD’s, 33 more than anyone else.
1960: A young boxer by the name of Cassius Clay wins the light heavyweight boxing gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rome.
1962: Atletico Madrid beat Fiorentina 3-0 in a reply to win the European Cup Winner’s Cup.
1970: Jochen Rindt becomes the only driver to posthumously win the F1 Championship after being killed in practice for the Italian GP.
1992: American Dan O’Brien, a future Olympic gold medal winner, sets world decathlon points record (8,891) in Talence, France.